- Associated Press - Saturday, July 18, 2015

GORHAM, Maine (AP) - This year’s final training session for citizen scientists interested in Maine’s bumblebee counting project is getting starting at the University of Southern Maine.

The session will take place from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on Saturday at the university’s Gorham campus. The project is called the Maine Bumblebee Atlas and it is being coordinated by the state and the University of Maine. Officials say the project will help determine Maine bumblebee range and abundance.

Four bee species native to Maine have fallen from very common to rarely seen since the 1990s. The bees are important pollinators of key Maine crops such as blueberries.

Participants in the training will learn about survey and data collection and watch presentations on bumblebee life history and conservation. The session is full.

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Online: https://mainebumblebeeatlas.umf.maine.edu/

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